ABOMINATIONS IN THE LAST DAYS..... By Alan Yusko
1. And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
One of the characteristics of the last days before the return of the Lord Jesus will be blasphemy and widespread abominations against God. The above verses describe the false religious system that will be in power in the first half of the reign of the anti-Christ. The city where this false religion sits will be Rome. During those days there will be terrible abominations practiced on earth from those who reject God.
The purpose of this tract is to look through the Scriptures at some of the things that God calls abomination. What does God consider an abomination? What sinful practices does God directly call an abomination? In this tract we will learn some of the things that God calls an abomination. As the world gets closer to the return of the Lord Jesus the sin and abominations against God will also increase in popularity among the lost. We are living in evil days and things are going to get more evil as time goes on.
Before we start looking at some of the things that God calls an abomination I just want to make one point. We will be quoting from both the Old and New Testament. The thing to keep in mind is that even though we are not under the Law in the Old Testament we can still see God's attitude toward sin and perversion. The things that God hates and calls sin and abomination are still evil today in these New Testament times. God's attitude toward sin has not changed. In light of that fact, when we quote from the Old Testament keep in mind God still considers a particular sin an abomination....and something to be avoided.
We will start with a form of sexual sin that God calls abomination:
THE SIN OF SODOMY: HOMOSEXUALITY & IMMORALITY
22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Well the above verses from the Word of God say it all. It doesn't matter how a government rules or makes laws. God still says that sodomy is a sin. Anyone with a problem with that fact has a problem directly with God and His precious Word, the Bible!
Today we have same-sex marriages, same-sex benefits, sexual-orientation, and homophobic people against such things! I would say that the world is heading into sexual sin at full speed. What was considered perversion just a few short years ago is now considered normal behavior. This will surely bring the judgment of God upon all the immoral and all nations that encourage such filth. I have heard that there has never been a nation that gave itself over to sexual perversion that lasted more than 50 years. If that is true then North America is headed for trouble!
The next verse in this section deals with the moral pervert that likes to dress up in the opposite sex's clothing. The name for such a sin is transvestite. What does the Bible say?
5. The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God.
Another type of sexual sin that the Bible warns about is sex with animals. It is perversion and an abomination to God.
Leviticus 18 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it [is] confusion.
Finally all sexual sin will one day be judged. Those who fornicate before marriage and those who commit adultery after marriage will face judgment.
4 Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
1 Corinthians 6
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
Today there are all kinds of disease that afflict those involved in sexual sin. AIDS, herpies and many other sexual disease show God's disapproval to those who reject morality. If you disagree with that statement then here is a question. What sexually transmitted disease would be here today if sexual immorality was not practiced? The answer is none! AIDS is only a problem because of the sexually immoral. Without sexual immorality AIDS would not have spread at all. The same is true with the other sexually transmitted diseases. However since we live in a sex crazed world that rejects Godly morals, we see terrible sexual diseases everywhere at alarming and increasing proportions.
We are living in days where there is an occult explosion. We have fortune tellers with 1-900 numbers to occultic warlocks and witches on Saturday morning cartoons. Everyone in society is exposed in some way to the occult. Only those who walk with God have the discernment to avoid and stay away from it. Here is what God thinks fortune telling, wizards, spells, astrology, and other occult practices.
9. When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
10 There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things [are] an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
2 Kings 23
24 Moreover the [workers with] familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD.
2 Kings 21
2 And he did [that which was] evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.
4 And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.
5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.
6 And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke [him] to anger.
Expect a dramatic increase in the occult and demonic as we get closer to the second coming of the Lord Jesus. As godless men and women reject God they will embrace evil and the occult. It will soon be so widespread that occultic things will be considered normal everywhere. Just as sexual sin is considered normal these days... so will the occult. Keep in mind that all occultism is an abomination to God. God hates it and warns people to stay clear from this evil. It is impossible for a person to play around with the occult and leave unharmed. One cannot pick up demonic fire and not get burned!
DISHONESTY IN BUSINESS
This is a very interesting subject. God calls dishonest business dealings an abomination. God mentions several times that false weights for example, are evil. An example of this would be a scale that weighs goods to determine price. However the scale is rigged to make an error in the favor of the business. The result is the customer is cheated out of some money. For God to bring up that point again and again I would suggest that this is a very common practice among dishonest business people. Below are the verses that deal with the abomination of dishonest business dealings:
13. Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.
14 Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.
15 [But] thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
16 For all that do such things, [and] all that do unrighteously, [are] an abomination unto the LORD thy God.
1. A false balance [is] abomination to the LORD: but a just weight [is] his delight.
10. Divers weights, [and] divers measures, both of them [are] alike abomination to the LORD.
23. Divers weights [are] an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance [is] not good.
12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,
15. He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD.
So if you are involved in business I would encourage honesty. Don't cheat people in the quest for riches or an acceptable profit margin.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips.
22. Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Liars are an abomination to God. In fact liars will have a place of eternal torment in the lake of fire and brimstone. This abomination is pretty well self-descriptive. Being a liar is not a great accomplishment in life and is something to be avoided.
GRAVEN IMAGES AND IDOLS OF WOOD AND STONE
There are those who practice false religion who make statues and idols of wood and stone. They then bow down to these idols and worship and pray to them (like they could hear them!). This practice is an abomination to God. Why worship a piece of wood or stone when one can worship the true and living God? It really does not make sense. Below are some verses on the abomination of idols.
15 Cursed [be] the man that maketh [any] graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth [it] in [a] secret [place]. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;
Pride is a very common sin today. However God calls it an abomination and it is evil. Here are some verses that deal with the abomination of pride:
5. Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
Proverbs 11:20 20. They that are of a froward heart [are] abomination to the LORD: but [such as are] upright in [their] way [are] his delight.
50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw [good].
What is the ultimate in pride? To reject the Lord Jesus Christ. If one has the attitude that they do not need a Saviour then that is a very proud person. Mankind is sinful and lost and in need of a Saviour. That is why God became a man (Jesus) and died on the cross in payment for sin. He now offers the gift of forgiveness and eternal life to all who will repent and receive this free love gift. However many reject God's gift. Instead the love of sin and personal pride cause many to reject God.
Here is a listing of seven things that the Lord hates. Since the Bible keeps them together I included them all as a separate section.
16 These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
These are evil days we are living in. Just look around and you will see the above sins everywhere.
I want to touch on the abomination where 'hands that shed innocent blood'. That is a very good description of the millions of children murdered in cold blood each year by abortion. Don't be fooled. God is aware when innocent blood is shed. The shed blood of the millions of children murdered by abortion cries out to the very ears of God. The day is coming when God will take action. Abortion can be added to the list of abominations that take place in these last days before the return of the Lord Jesus.
Those who commit abominations soon lose their sense of conscience. Doing evil things no longer trouble the conscience. There is no shame in doing evil. One of the main difference between a non-Christian and a Christian is the conscience. The lost can do sin and it really does not bother the conscience. However after a person comes the the Lord Jesus Christ there is a different attitude toward sin. Christians still sin but their conscience bothers them. They have a hatred for sin and a longing for the time when they will be totally free from this evil world of sin. But for the lost the more they sin the deader the conscience becomes. Soon great evil can be committed and the conscience does not bother them at all. They have a dead or seared conscience that no longer troubles them in the face of evil. What a sad state for a person to descend to. However the Lord Jesus Christ can set free anyone who comes to Him for forgiveness and eternal life. Below are some verses that deal with the deadening of the conscience by sin and abominations committed against God:
15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time [that] I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
JUDGMENT ON THOSE WHO COMMIT ABOMINATIONS
God is loving and merciful on the one hand. On the other hand God is a God of justice. On the cross is where God's love/mercy and His justice meet. In His justice God dealt with sin on the cross. His love is satisfied by providing a free love gift of eternal life and forgiveness to all who will receive it. However as I already mentioned many reject God's love gift. There comes a time when a person or even a nation rejects God and falls into such deep sin that it is time for judgment. God is loving and merciful but if a person or a nation rejects God's love and mercy then there is nothing left but judgment. There comes a point in time when God must judge sin. If not sin would go unchecked on earth and it would be even a more evil place that it is. Below are some warnings of impending judgment that show God does have a limit. Judgment will come at a certain point of time when a person or nation rejects God and accepts evil and abominations.
22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, [and] because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
11 Wherefore, [as] I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish [thee]; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.
29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit [them] shall be cut off from among their people.
REMOVE ABOMINATIONS FROM YOUR HOUSE (and your life)
We close this tract with a warning to remove the abominations from your life. If you are a liar or involved in sexual sin then ...repent and turn away from that sin. If you have any occultic items or evil idols in your house then the Word of God tells you to get rid of them! All forms of fortune telling, spells, occultic jewelry, astrology, idols, worship statues, evil wall ornaments, pornography etc should be destroyed and removed from your house. This also applies to the harder forms of rock music where the bands immoral and occultic connection can be easily seen. Leaving this evil trash in a persons house will only be a source of demonic oppression. Here is what the Bible says:
25 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold [that is] on them, nor take [it] unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it [is] an abomination to the LORD thy God.
26 Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: [but] thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it [is] a cursed thing.
By keeping an abomination in your house there is the danger of you becoming a cursed thing like the abomination. So what should a person do? Well consider doing some house cleaning and destroy all the evil things under your roof!!!! It will be a blessing.
The day is coming when there will be no more sin and abominations. God will remove all evil from the earth. Of course before that time comes the world will go through its darkest days. The rise of the anti-Christ is coming soon and the return of Jesus to setup His kingdom follows. Soon the Church (body of believers in the Lord Jesus) will be raptured. The restrainer in this world will then be removed and evil will have full reign. Before good days come the world must first pass through its darkest days. However God is faithful and He will one day cleanse the world of all sin and abominations. In God's future Kingdom sin will not be present. See the verse below:
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Is your name written in the Lambís book of life??? ... or are you committing and enjoying sin and abominations?
In this tract we have looked at several things that God calls sin and abomination. They are things to be avoided at all costs. We are now living in the last days before the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Below is a description of what the days will be like at the end of the age before the return of the Lord Jesus to earth:
2 Timothy 3
1. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Soon the Lord Jesus Christ will return. Christians are living in an evil world but are not OF THE EVIL WORLD. Our home is in heaven and we eagerly await our Saviour from there! Soon the Lord Jesus will return. Soon we will be in His wonderful presence! But until then we are to continue serving the Lord Jesus and 'occupying' in this evil world until He comes.
Even so come.... Lord Jesus!
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